Salvia rutilans 'Pineapple Peppermint'
The Sunken Garden
A hardy sub-shrub to 1.2 to 1.5 m (3.9 to 4.9 ft with numerous erect leafy stems with an attractive scent to the leaves that is similar to pineapple. Six to twelve scarlet flowers grow in whorls, with a long inflorescence that bloom gradually and over a prolonged period of time. With a hard frost, the plant will die down to the ground and grow back the following spring.
Site and Care:
Humus rich, fertile, light, well-drained soil of any type in full sun or partial shade. Deadhead to encourage more flowers. It is hardy but it will benefit from a thick mulch over winter. Propagation is by cuttings in late summer or division in spring.